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Updated: 5 (now 6) of 14 sell at Bayleys’ Auckland commercial auction, 3 of 3 in Tauranga

Published 25 October 2018, updated 29 October & 27 November 2018:
5 of the 14 properties were sold at Bayleys’ Total Property commercial auction on Wednesday and 5 attracted no bid.

At the agency’s Tauranga auction, all 3 properties were sold under the hammer.

Update: One property has been sold post-auction – a takeaway outlet in the Wairau Junction retail centre. The outcomes for 2 of the Auckland properties were transposed – for Ellerslie & Blockhouse Bay – and have been corrected below.



Chancery Square, 44 Courthouse Lane, unit A206:
Features: 45m² unit leased to property management company
Rent: $33,500/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sold for $380,000 at an 8.82% yield
Agents: Mike Adams & Jean-Paul Smit

Queen St

Mid-City, 239 Queen St, unit 1Y:
Features: m²,
Rent: $27,360/year net + gst, occupied by hair salon, lease term runs to April 2021 with further rights of renewal
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agent: Oscar Kuang

Hauraki Gulf islands

Waiheke Island


The Sands, 141 The Strand, unit 1:
Features: 104m² manager’s unit in the Sands apartment complex
Rent: $28,723/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Brian Caldwell & Mana Tahapehi

Isthmus east


Updated: 101 Main Highway, unit 12:
Features: 272m² Asian supermarket at Ellerslie shopping centre, 10 parking spaces
Rent: $60,000/year net + gst, 5-year lease in place with 2 5-year rights of renewal
Outcome: passed in at $800,000 (2 results transposed – originally posted as $2.7 million), sold in November for $820,000 at a 7.32% yield
Agents: Oscar Kuang, Beterly Pan & Nicolas Ching


222 Onehunga Mall:
Features: 273m² site, 2-storey building, seismic rating 75% new building standard, local town centre zoning has 27m height control
Rent: commercial & residential tenants
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agent: Oscar Kuang


29B Bath St:
Features: 175m² site, 139m² commercial unit, parking space
Rent: $42,000/year net + gst current contract, 2 2-year rights of renewal
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Millie Liang

Isthmus west

Blockhouse Bay

Updated: 35 Margate Rd, flats 1-6:
Features: 2497m² site, 6 2-bedroom residential units, each of about 55m² & on separate titles, parking space each, offered in one package
Rent: $200,000/year net + gst from 2-year lease
Outcome: passed in at $2.7 million (2 results transposed – originally posted as $800,000)
Agents: Quinn Ngo, Matt Lee & James Chan

Eden Terrace

1 Exmouth St:
Features: 665m² vacant section on Newton Rd corner, leased to Wilson Parking, mixed use zoning
Rent: $21,495/year net + gst, early termination clause
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Owen Ding, James Chan & Jarrod Qin

Pt Chevalier

1110 Great North Rd, unit D:
Features: 345m², town centre fruit & vegetable shop + parking, leased to PTC Fresh NZ for 5 years from December 2016 with 2 5-year rights of renewal
Rent: $108,312/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.55 million at a 6.99% yield
Agents: Nicolas Ching, Quinn Ngo & James Chan

350 Pt Chevalier Rd:
Features: 696m² site zoned business – neighbourhood centre, housed greengrocery for over 50 years
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $1.87 million at a land value of $2686/m²
Agents: John Procter, Alan Elliott & Cameron Melhuish



Tamariki Plaza, 1-19 Cammish Lane, unit J:
Features: vacant 190m² commercial unit, one parking space + share of 35 parking spaces
Outcome: passed in at $700,000
Agents: Mustan Bagasra


101 Apollo Drive, unit D:
Features: vacant 120m² ground-floor office unit, 4 parking spaces
Outcome: auction postponed
Agents: Tonia Robertson & Jane McKee

Rosedale Retail Centre, 94 Rosedale Rd, unit 2:
Features: 73m² shop at entrance to zero-vacancy retail centre
Rent: $37,520/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sold prior
Agents: Eddie Zhong, Steven Liu & Meng He

Wairau Valley

18 Ashfield Rd, unit D:
Features: industrial unit, 110m² ground floor, 30m² storage above, monthly tenancy
Outcome: sold for $440,000
Agents: Trevor Duffin & James Yu

65-71 Porana Rd, unit E:
Features: 133m² unit occupied by Hollywood bakery
Rent: $55,000/year net + gst + opex, new 6-year lease
Outcome: auction postponed
Agents: Adam Curtis, Damian Stephen & Steven Liu

Updated: Wairau Junction, 162-178 Wairau Rd, unit 7:
Features: 45m² kebab outlet
Rent: $30,600/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: passed in at $500,000, sold post-auction for $550,000 at a 5.56% yield
Agents: Andrew Lin & Ranjan Unka



192 Universal Drive, unit A1:
Features: 756m², corner store in Lincoln North Shopping Centre, 7-year lease to Super Cheap Auto NZ from July 2016, annual fixed 3% rental increases & one 5-year right of renewal
Rent: $225,221/year net + gst, 3% annual increases
Outcome: sold for $3.93 million at a 5.73% yield
Agents: Matt Lee, James Chan, Quinn Ngo, Terry Kim & David Han


Clendon Park

439 Roscommon Rd, unit 2:
Features: 97m² retail unit, tenant Clendon Foodmarket
Rent: $41,600/year net + gst, 6-year lease from 2015
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Matt Lee, Quinn Ngo & Piyush Kumar

439 Roscommon Rd, unit 3:
Features: 97m² retail unit, tenant Crown Liquor
Rent: $43,201/year net + gst, 4-year lease from 2016, rights of renewal
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Matt Lee, Quinn Ngo & Piyush Kumar

South of the Bombays

Bay of Plenty


272A State Highway 2:
Features: 809m² site, 305m² 2-level commercial building, anchor ground-floor pharmacy tenancy, smaller dental tenancy above on leases renewed until 2021 plus further renewals
Rent: $62,730/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.26 million at a 4.98% yield
Agent: Myles Addington


66 Koromiko St:
Features: 2536m² industrial site, 1519m² standalone building comprising 1123m² of warehouse & workshop space, 4 large roller doors; the balance 2 levels of offices, showroom, storage & amenities; tenant Paramount Stainless has recently renewed for the next 3 years with one final right of renewal to 2024
Rent: $122,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.8 million at a 6.78% yield
Agent: Graeme Coleman


199, 207 & 213 Cameron Rd:
Features: 2192m² redevelopment site zoned city centre, allowing 19m² building height, next to central fire station on main arterial, car dealers have operated from site since the early 1970s, 2 tenancies expiring in August 2020
Rent: $190,715/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $6.25 million + gst at a 3.05% yield, land value $2851/m²
Agents: Lloyd Davidson & Laura Taylor



517 Pollen St:
Features: 1521m² site, 1410m² building occupied by multiple tenants including NZ Post Ltd on long-term lease, 16 parking spaces
Rent: $107,717.53/year net + gst, multiple tenants
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Millie Liang & Josh Smith

Attribution: Agency release.

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Queen St & College Hill apartments sell

Apartments in CityLife on Queen St and the Perspective on College Hill were sold at Bayleys’ auctions last week.

A Waiheke Island unit overlooking Onetangi and a Papatoetoe property with multiple tenancies were passed in.


Queen St

CityLife, 171 Queen St, unit 1109:
Features: 63m², one-bedroom apartment, out of hotel pool but access to all hotel facilities
Outcome: sold for $545,000
Agents: Jon Fisher & Julie Quinton

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Waiheke Island


8 Victoria Road North, unit 5:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, deck, parking space
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Cathy Cameron

Isthmus west

Freemans Bay

Perspective, 28 College Hill, unit 424:
Features: 116m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, 2 storage spaces
Outcome: sold for $1.23 million
Agents: Blair Haddow & Jono King



13 Fyfe Avenue:
Features: 1345m² section, multiple residential property in mixed suburban zone, 5 income streams – 1950s house, 3 bedrooms, garage; block of 4 2-bedroom units, each with carport
Income: $105,300/year from tenancies ranging from 2-13 years
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Ash Jogia & Tony de Leeuw

Attribution: Agency release.

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5 sales & 6 leases

Bayleys agents have completed 5 sales on the North Shore, in Henderson and on Waiheke Island, and 6 leases in the Auckland cbd, Avondale and on the Shore.


Hauraki Gulf islands

Waiheke Island

171 Carsons Rd:
Features: 8.95ha of land
Outcome: sold in May for $2.85 million + gst
Agents: Ranjan Unka & Brian Caldwell



27-33 Mokoia Rd, unit 4:
Features: 59m² retail unit occupied by cafe on new 2-year lease with 2 2-year rights of renewal sold for $502,000 at a 4.98% yield
Rent: $25,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $502,000 at a 4.98% yield
Agents: Owen Ding, Oscar Kuang, Michael Nees

27-33 Mokoia Rd, unit 5:
Features: 59m² retail unit occupied by Kebab Serai, one of the Turkish takeaway’s 4 Auckland outlets, on a lease until April 2020, 2 5-year rights of renewal
Rent: $24,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $500,000 at a 4.8% yield
Agents: Owen Ding, Oscar Kuang & Michael Nees


8-12 The Promenade:
Features: 817m² corner site zoned metropolitan centre, frontage to 3 cbd streets, 1672m² 2-level commercial building, anchored by 2 restaurants & gym, range of office tenancies on the upper level & 373m² of vacant space, 18 open-air, rooftop parking spaces; 10 leases have final expiries ranging from 2018-28 and all but 2 have demolition clauses
Rent: $415,091/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $7.4 million at a 5.61% yield
Agent: Brian Caldwell



9-11 Aetna Place:
Features: 8712m² site, 6495m² industrial premises – 5095m² warehouse, 8.9-10.35m stud, multiple roller doors & 1120m² canopy, office & amenities 280m²
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $9 million
Agents: Sunil Bhana, James Valintine, Mike Houlker & Matt Mimmack



Victoria Quarter

118-122 Nelson St:
Features: 1344m² office, 18 parking spaces
Rent: leased in April for $346,522/year net + gst (based on an average over 10 years), parking $50/space/week, premises rental $223/m²
Agents: Tonia Robertson + Jean Paul Smit

Isthmus west


419A Rosebank Rd:
Features: 1692.39m² industrial property – warehouse 1,509.19m², showroom 137.17m², office 46.03m², 15 parking spaces
Rent: leased in April for $202,868.85/year net + gst, premises rental $120/m²
Agents: Tonia Robertson & Mark Preston



287 Oteha Valley Rd, unit 5:
Features: 150m² retail, shared parking
Rent: leased in April for $85,000/year net + gst, premises rental $566/m²
Agents: Steven Liu, Matt Lee & Quinn Ngo


80-94 Mokoia Rd, shop 1B, 2 & 3:
Features: 429.3m² shop, 7 parking spaces
Rent: leased in April for $129,932/year net + gst, parking $20-25/space/week, premises rental $303/m²
Agent: Ildy Meixner

Wairau Valley

7 Kaimahi Rd:
Features: 958m² industrial unit warehouse 708m², office 83m², mezzanine 167m², 8 parking spaces
Rent: leased in May for $115,000/year net + gst, premises rental $120/m²
Agents: Trevor Duffin & Eddie Zhong

16 Woodson Place, unit C:
Features: 638m² industrial unit – warehouse 506m², office 120m², other 12m², 11 parking spaces
Rent: leased in May for $83,090/year net + gst, premises rental $130/m²
Agent: Trevor Duffin

Attribution: Agency release.

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8 commercial properties sell for total $11 million

8 commercial properties were sold for just under $11 million at Bayleys’ first Auckland Total Property auction of the year on Wednesday and a second auction session that day.

Another 3 properties were sold prior and 3 were withdrawn.


Victoria Quarter

137 Hobson St:
Features: 50m² ground-floor retail space under Imperial Gardens Apartments, 3 parking spaces
Rent: $76,630/year net + gst
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Nicolas Ching & James Chan

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23 Belgium St:
Features: 1619m² site zoned commercial 2 (Ostend village), block of 4 shops, 20 parking spaces
Rent: $94,000/year net + gst + opex from 4 leases
Outcome: sold for $1.86 million at Wednesday afternoon auction session (not in Total Property list)
Agents: Clive Lonergan & Lisa Hopewell



32 Dominion Rd:
Features: 1190m² site, 230m² floor area, childcare centre on 2 5-year lease terms from October 2017
Rent: $48,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $680,000
Agents: Shane Snijder & Steve McNally



Orchard Park, 21 Corinthian Drive, unit 7A:
Features: 87m² retail
Rent: $53,672/year net + gst + opex
Outcome: pre-auction offer of $1,073,440 was acceptable, but sold for $1.2 million
Agents: Eddie Zhong & Steven Liu

Orchard Park, 21 Corinthian Drive, unit 7B:
Features: 76m² shop
Rent: $45,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $910,000
Agents: Eddie Zhong & Steven Liu


39 Apollo Drive, unit J:
Features: 130m² ground=floor office, 4 parking spaces
Rent: $36,677/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sold prior, price confidential
Agents: Jane McKee & Tonia Robertson

Rothesay Bay

2-8 Montgomery Avenue:
Features: 316m² corner site, 190m² floor area, 2 tenancies, mixed-use residential development potential
Rent: $70,622/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sole bid from vendor at $1.1 million, passed in
Agents: Brian Caldwell


452-456 Lake Rd:
Features: 369m² site, 187.4m² floor area, 8 parking spaces, anchor tenants Heartland Bank & Basu restaurant
Rent: $134,180/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sole bid from vendor at $3.5 million, passed in
Agents: Tonia Robertson & Ranjan Unka

8-12 The Promenade:
Features: 817m² site, 1672.5m² retail & office building
Rent: $414,091/year net + gst
Outcome: sole bid from vendor at $6.5 million, passed in
Agents: Brian Caldwell

Wairau Valley

17 Ashfield Rd:
Features: 1017m² site, 692m² building, 5 industrial units on one title
Rent: $75,600/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in at $1.535 million
Agent: Trevor Duffin

25 Ashfield Rd, unit 7:
Features: 139m² industrial unit, 2 office levels, 2 parking spaces
Outcome: sold in February at pre-auction offer of $370,000
Agent: Trevor Duffin


New Lynn

11 Binstead Rd:
Features: 857m² site, 556m² building
Outcome: passed in at $1.675 million
Agents: Mike Adams & Phil Haydock



191 Jack Lachlan Drive:
Features: 9356m² development site zoned residential mixed housing suburban
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Dave Stanley


22-28 Rosella Rd:
Features: 3277m² site, 793m² building
Outcome: sold for $2.013 million
Agents: Ben Bayley & Karl Price

54 Tidal Rd:
Features: 7315m² site, 3600m² building area, 5 tenants
Rent: $356,142/year net + gst
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Nick Bayley & Alex McNeil

Manukau Central

132 Cavendish Drive, unit A:
Features: 480m², leased to VTNZ until 2024, with renewals to 2030; units A, B & C have 32 parking spaces between them
Rent: $125,107.50/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2 million
Agents: Stuart Bode, Mike Bradshaw & Tony Chaudhary

132 Cavendish Drive, unit B:
Features: 340m², leased to Cooper Tyres until 2020, right of renewal to 2023
Outcome: sold for $1.215 million
Agents: Stuart Bode, Mike Bradshaw & Tony Chaudhary

132 Cavendish Drive, unit C:
Features: 392m², leased to VTNZ until 2024, with renewals to 2030
Rent: $61,400/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.101 million
Agents: Stuart Bode, Mike Bradshaw & Tony Chaudhary

132 Cavendish Drive, unit H:
Features: 282m² industrial unit
Rent: $46,500/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.1 million
Agents: Stuart Bode, Mike Bradshaw & Tony Chaudhary


5 Vernon St:
Features: 1012m² section zoned light industry, consent for 3 industrial units
Outcome: sole bid from vendor at $700,000, passed in
Agents: Dave Stanley & Piyush Kumar


30 Bowen St:
Features: 6660m² site in 6 titles, total floor area 765m² in various buildings, zoning allows up to 4 storeys
Rent: $96,720/year including gst
Outcome: auction postponed to 13 March
Agents: Virginia Zhou & Shane Snijder

Attribution: Auctions.

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Waiheke marina approved

Commissioners approved Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair)’s 186-berth floating marina at Kennedy Point in Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island, yesterday after a hearing in early April.

The marina will be located west of the existing SeaLink car ferry terminal at Kennedy Point and will be accessible from Donald Bruce Rd, to the south of the breakwater. The marina will include:

  • about 186 berths, up to 19 pile moorings & 30 public day berths
  • 2 Swedish-designed floating breakwaters to protect the berths, floating pontoons piers & wharf
  • marina office, storage for kayaks & stand-up paddleboards, visitor facilities, café/public space, meeting room and a carpark with up to 72 spaces.

The 5-member hearings panel, chaired by Greg Hill, found the marina proposal was overall consistent with all relevant statutory policy provisions and that its adverse environmental effects were fully addressed and either minor or appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated.

Developer Tony Mair said: “The hearing heard from people both in support and in opposition to the marina. But I believe the decision we made earlier this year to change the design from rock breakwaters to floating attenuators helped to reduce any concerns of environmental impact at the site.

“In my 35 years of marina development, I have never seen a more appropriate site. The water is deep, avoiding the need for dredging, and the coastline is already modified. The design is also unique – like Waiheke – with all structures, including the carpark, marina office, community building, breakwaters & marina fingers floating. These structures, to be manufactured by world-renowned company SF Marinas in Sweden, will all be towed into place, mitigating a lot of construction noise & onshore disturbance.”
Mr Mair expects construction to take 18 months.

Earlier story:
26 May 2016: Mair unveils designs for Kennedy Pt marina on Waiheke

Attribution: Company release.

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Council resumes control of Motukorea Browns Island

Auckland Council said yesterday it was taking back the administration & management of Motukorea Browns Island from DOC (the Department of Conservation) after agreement with the Government.

Environment & community committee chair Penny Hulse said the switch was important for Auckland: “The 60ha island is one of the least modified & best preserved volcanic cones in the Auckland area, and the nearest island in the Hauraki Gulf to the Auckland isthmus.

“DOC has managed the island for the past 26 years, and I want to acknowledge the great work DOC staff have done to protect the island. The new agreement means the council can restore its administering body powers, allowing Auckland to determine the future vision & management direction of the island.”

Ngati Tamatera sold the island in 1840 to Sir John Logan Campbell & business partner William Brown and it effectively stayed in private hands until 1955, when business leader Sir Ernest Davis gifted it to Auckland City.

The old city council transferred administration & management to the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board when the Government created the board in 1968. When the board was abolished in 1990, management passed to DOC.

Auckland Council intends to keep the island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, and to integrate management with other reserves & islands in the inner Hauraki Gulf to protect & enhance the values associated with the island.

Waitemata & Gulf ward councillor Mike Lee said the council should take one step further than acquiring management control: “Motukorea Browns Island should be our next regional park,” he said.

Attribution: Council release.

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Multi-tenant Oneroa building & 2 apartments sell at auction

An Oneroa building occupied by near-beachfront cafés & restaurants was sold at Bayleys’ auction on Wednesday.

Also sold were 2 apartments in Westminster Court, across the street from the High Court, and Northridge in Parnell.


Learning Quarter

Westminster Court, 5 Parliament St, unit 1A:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, storage, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1798/year including gst; body corp levy $5042/year
Outcome: sold for $840,000
Agents: Diane Jackson & Julie Prince

Hauraki Gulf islands

Waiheke, Oneroa

153 Oceanview Rd:
Features: 1087m² site, 470m² split-level building
Rent: $231,300/year net from 6 tenancies
Outcome: sold for $5.65 million
Agent: Simon Smith & Cathy Cameron

Isthmus east


Northridge, 28 Stanwell St, unit 2A:
Features: m², one-bedroom apartment reconfigured from 2 bedrooms, deck, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $2322/year including gst; body corp levy $8019/year
Outcome: sold for $775,000
Agents: Diane Jackson & Julie Prince



50 Takapu St, unit 1:
Features: 2 bedrooms, deck, internal-access garage
Outcome: passed in at $650,000
Agents: Christopher Valladares & Michelle Hicks

Attribution: Auction.

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Mair unveils designs for Kennedy Pt marina on Waiheke

Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair) released preliminary conceptual design plans today for a marina of about 200 berths it proposes to build at Kennedy Point in Putiki Bay, on the south-west side of Waiheke Island.

His proposal comes 4 months after the liquidation of Graham Guthrie’s company Waiheke Marinas Ltd. Mr Guthrie battled for 5 years to get approval for a marina at Matiatia, which the Environment Court rejected in December.

Longtime marina developer Mr Mair said he & his consultants were conferring with interested parties on the concept designs and preparing an application for resource consent: “The plans have been developed to minimise the impact to the proposed site and to offer benefits to the Waiheke boating community.”

He said it wouldn’t require any dredging to create a marina basin as the water was already deep enough, and no regular maintenance dredging would be needed due to the flushing benefits of the proposed breakwater design and the natural depths within the basin.

In a first for New Zealand, an 80-car parking structure would be built on large floating concrete pontoons, and stormwater runoff would be managed through a treatment & filtration system. The carpark structure would be manufactured offsite, then towed into position to minimise effects of construction and avoid the need for reclamation.

Mr Mair said the design would also not affect the intertidal zone, as the floating structures would be at least 100m away from the foreshore, allowing existing water-based activities to continue without impact.

The marina would be adjacent to the existing rock breakwater, which currently protects commercial vehicular ferries.

All materials for the project – including the rock for the breakwaters, the floating marina piers & piles, and concrete carpark pontoons – would be brought in by barge to minimise noise & local disruptions. The marina office, storage, visitor facilities & proposed clubrooms would also be floating, a technique used at the Orakei marina in Okahu Bay.

Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited has signed a consultation agreement with Ngati Paoa Group Holdings Ltd, acknowledging the iwi’s cultural & historical association with Waiheke Island.

Mr Mair has been involved in the completion of 17 marinas in New Zealand & internationally, starting his career at Wilkins & Davies Ltd as project manager on a number of large marine projects, then becoming general manager of its new marina division in 1978. The first project was the Westpark marina.

Link: Kennedy Point marina

Earlier story:
12 January 2016: Waiheke marina applicant enters liquidation

Attribution: Company release.

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Waiheke board chair prompts a thorough governance rethink

Waiheke Local Board chair Paul Walden’s motion to Thursday’s board meeting starts with a concern which most would hardly rate as a weighty matter: Who’s in charge of a small roadside reserve & toilet block at Onetangi?

But he’s turned the question into a mission statement, and one that other local boards around the region know well: They know who’s supposed to be in charge, but that doesn’t mean the job is being done, either properly, or adequately, or even at all.

They also know that if the local board is in charge, the budget will be small.

Take the case of the consent application for a crossing permit over the road reserve on the Strand, which the board became aware of in December.

Mr Walden wrote: “The function of this parcel of land is aligned with being a local purpose reserve, rather than a road corridor. It serves no roading function at all. This is an unusual parcel of land and there is no clear reason for it to be classified as road reserve. Currently the parks team have no oversight or responsibility of this parcel of land or the public toilet, nor is there the ability to forecast or respond to infrastructure growth demands.

“The board provided feedback to the consent planner that creation of a road crossing on the road reserve would compromise the asset and restrict future development. They also noted that in circumstances such as this, where there is a council facility on road reserve, they would expect that that road be stopped and the parcel of land be reclassified to a (for example) local purpose public utility reserve.

“This would ensure that the status of the land is aligned with its use and the toilet is managed by the appropriate council department with sufficient asset management plan budget. This will also result in responsibility for the amenity resting with the local board, as per the decision-making table, and the facility could be developed as required.”

Mr Walden is asking in his motion for Auckland Transport to start the process of stopping the road, classifying the land as local purpose public utility reserve and asking that the local & sports parks department manage the toilet block.

Onward to greater change

But all that’s the small beer of what Mr Walden wants to tell the council’s governing body. From that road reserve example, he takes the council through the governance structure that was enacted, decisions that ought to have been made but haven’t been, to the resultant lack of funding or budget – or analysis – to support visitor growth projections on the island.

Mr Walden said the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act defined the roles the various parts of the new council would have and, for Auckland Transport, providing for toilets & public amenity infrastructure in the road corridor wasn’t one of its roles. Auckland Transport obviously agreed because, he said, “they have no growth forecast, targets or any other planning considerations for these assets”.

The act also stipulated that non-regulatory decision-making “should be exercised by local boards unless an Auckland-wide decision will better promote the wellbeing of the communities across Auckland”. As an alternative, Auckland Transport could delegate decision-making responsibilities, but no delegations were in place.

The board had prepared a submission to the Local Government Commission concerning the translating of current decision-making responsibilities into action, due to the lack of resources &/or understanding of the governance model and the board’s role in local place-shaping activities & local strategic visioning. This submission is on hold while awaiting legal advice, which Mr Walden said had not been forthcoming.

Managing visitor demand

From there to the bigger picture: The island’s local board has aspirations for tourism growth that respects the local lifestyle & environment, for which it wants more regional funding, but Mr Walden said the structure wasn’t in place to measure what’s needed, let alone provide the right infrastructure & facilities.

“The board appreciates the economic benefits of tourism, but wants to see safeguards for the environment in place to protect what is special about Waiheke, and more regional funding to meet the costs of additional demands which visitors place on infrastructure, services & facilities on the island.”

Mr Walden said the board had been trying to obtain figures on visitor growth following promotion of Waiheke as Auckland’s premium visitor attraction: “It has been difficult to obtain actual visitor numbers from ferry operators due to purported commercial sensitivity; however, figures now being obtained from Ateed (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development) & Auckland Transport indicate Waiheke is accommodating 1.5m+ visitors/year and this is expected to increase.”

Mr Walden said credit card data showed a 44% increase in visitor spending between 2013-15.

“What is clear is that there is huge tourism growth evident & forecast, however there is no structured means to consider or respond to infrastructure growth demands. Our local facilities are struggling to cope with demand during peak periods. The board receives regular complaints from constituents about overloaded toilet facilities, rubbish & public transport issues.

“The Waiheke Local Board plan outlines the board’s aspirations in regards to tourism on the island. This is primarily about managing the population increase in a way which benefits Waiheke without compromising local lifestyle or the environment.

“The board have advocated strongly to the governing body during the long-term plan process to assess demand and plan for the growing visitor pressure. Discretionary funding the board allocated to support increased service levels during peak times was taken as savings during the long-term plan process [part of $300 million in budget cuts].”

Call to review strategic visioning

Mr Walden wants the council’s governing body to review the responsibility for local decision-making in line with the principle of subsidiarity as outlined in the Local Government Act. Apart from what happens in the road corridor, Mr Walden said this change should also include strategic visioning projects involving council-controlled organisations.

The centrist argument is that the council’s governing body is best positioned to achieve greatest efficiency. The way the Government legislated the super-city into being in 2010, operation of the council’s commercial arms was taken out of direct political control by being placed in the council-controlled organisations (thus reducing council control).

The third tier, the local boards, don’t even manage mowing of reserves in their area – which, on present schedules, will be one of the tasks that fall to voluntary community effort unless the council takes a better grip of how responsibilities are shared out between governance tiers.

Yet it’s this third tier that should be the primary council face, responsible for engendering community spirit & energy. At the moment the local board tier’s battle is all uphill. Mr Walden is not alone in seeking more rational management & funding – and if there’s any question about whether his quest is rational, keep in mind the drive-in Onetangi reserve toilets.

Link: Waiheke Local Board meeting, Thursday 28 April, Notice of motion – Local decision-making & visitor growth

Attribution: Local board agenda.

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New marine protection law for gulf

The Government opened consultation today on a new marine protection law which includes proposals for recreational fishing parks in the inner Hauraki Gulf & Marlborough Sounds.

The proposed Marine Protected Areas Act would replace the Marine Reserves Act 1971. Submissions on the discussion document, A new Marine Protected Areas Act, close on Friday 11 March.

Environment Minister Nick Smith said: “We are proposing a new system of marine protection that will include marine reserves, species-specific sanctuaries, seabed reserves & recreational fishing parks. This more sophisticated approach, with 4 different types of marine protection, is similar to the graduated approach we take to reserves on land, that vary from strict nature reserves to those for a specific or recreational purpose.

“We want to improve community & iwi involvement in marine protection and develop a comprehensive network of areas that better protects marine life and which enhances New Zealanders’ enjoyment of our marine environment.”

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said an estimated 870 tonnes of fish/year were caught in the proposed Hauraki park and 139 tonnes/year in the proposed Marlborough Sounds park. “We also need to recognise that a growing population, more recreational boats and technology like fish finders is putting greater pressure on the resource. These recreational fishing parks will enable recreational fishers to have a greater involvement in management decisions and more responsibility in ensuring sustainability.”

Link: Marine protected area discussion document

Attribution: Ministerial release.

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